KenGen plans to increase the current power production of Eburru Power Plant from 2.4MW to 25MW between 2018 and 2019. The multi-billion shilling project located in Nakuru County will tame the high cost of power that chases away major from the county.Geo-scientific studies are already underway in Eburru and more wells will be drilled so as to reach the targeted power capacity in two years.
The state-owned power generating company intends to construct a 140MW Olkaria V power plant in 2017 as the President expected to launch it before year end. Early 2016, JICA, on behalf of the Japanese people, signed a loan agreement of 45.690 billion Japanese Yen (approx. 40 billion Kenyan shillings) for the construction of Olkaria V geothermal power plant.
The company promises to also increase geothermal power production by 292MW three times as part of reducing reliance on thermal and hydropower. Presently, geothermal contributes 1632MW to the national grid and will go up due to the commitment by government and development partners.
Kenya is ranked the eighth largest producer of geothermal energy in the world. By 2030, Kenya plans to have 5,530 MW of geothermal power. It is estimated that by 2020 the country’s projected installed energy capacity will triple from 2,177 MW to 6,766 MW.
Nakuru hosts geothermal power with Olkaria, Eburru, Longonot, Menengai and Suswa reservoir offering over 10,000MW of power. Plans are underway to source for more power from solar and biogas within the county with works in the latter at an advanced stage.
Further, the county is home to Gorge Farm Energy Park, the only plant of its kind in Africa that produces biogas energy. And Ubinnk East Africa in conjunction with Chloride Exide has been assembling solar panels at a subsidized rate in the county.